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(8 customer reviews)

From US $345 US $258 /night

Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka – 5 Bedrooms

Pooja Kanda is a grand colonial mansion set on a hilltop, offering opulent historic charm, lush tropical views, a private pool and impeccable service.

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Pooja Kanda Overview

Pooja Kanda is the grand colonial estate you’ve been looking for. Perched on a majestic hilltop in Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka, Pooja Kanda offers beautiful views of the surrounding tropics and a grand setting for entertaining your entourage. Built in Dutch colonial style, the five-bedroom villa features beautiful wrap-around verandas, verdant gardens and romantic canopy beds. Pooja Kanda’s name translates as “hill of worship” and indeed, this is the ideal setting for a soul soothing break from reality. Read our full review of Pooja Kanda.

Sleeps: 10 guests


  • Air conditioned bedrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Private pool
  • Media room
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • In-room safe
  • iPod dock
  • Books & games
  • Baby cot
  • High chair
  • Car seat
  • Pool fence
  • Stair gate
  • Playpen
  • Baby monitor
  • Changing mat


  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Fruit basket on arrival
  • Villa manager
  • Chef
  • Housekeepers
  • Butlers
  • Security guards


  • Extra bed (not allowed)
  • Groceries at cost
  • Menu available
  • Spa services
Last Minute Discount

Book within 30 days before arrival and receive 15% off.

Early Bird Discount

Book at least 120 days prior to arrival and receive 15% off the standard rate.


Pooja Kanda Living

Rising up taller than the surrounding treetops, Pooja Kanda is the perfect mix of proud colonial design and luxurious modern elements to ensure comfort and relaxation during your stay. Below, the two-acre garden completely encircles the five-bedroomed house and the unique rock-outcropped swimming pool, giving ample room to take in the endless views of the beautiful natural landscape on which it sits.

Living Room

Generously spilling onto the front veranda through multiple sets of elegantly arched doorways, the living room is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Furnished with a deeply cushioned sofa, the living room also features a pair of day beds that languish either side of a glass-topped coffee table and a table for four that sits to the far side of the room admiring the garden views.

Dining Room

Separated from the living room by a low wall is an intimate fan-cooled dining room with marble-topped table for eight that’s beautifully laid for sumptuous mealtimes. A second dining area is found on the back veranda beside the swimming pool where a hexagonal table for six is ideal for relaxed daytime dining. The kitchen is fully-equipped for any Western or Sri Lankan meals your heart may desire.

Media Room

Pooja Kanda’s intimate air-conditioned media room features built-in sofa seating on three sides, topped with thick mattresses and cushions, facing a timber cabinet containing a generous 42-inch-screen TV with satellite connection and a DVD player.

Garden & Pool

Pooja Kanda’s tranquillity is further enhanced by a garden bursting with birdsong and enlivened by visits from inquisitive monkeys high up in the trees. The house comes with an eight-metre swimming pool with lounging ledge. Beside the swimming pool is a veranda furnished with sun loungers for topping up your tan under the warm tropical sun. To the far side of the swimming pool, across the top of a waterfall feature, is a small circular table in a verdant jungle setting. Stone steps just behind here lead up to the highest rocky outcrop where a built-in seat is designed for quiet moments.


Pooja Kanda Bedrooms

Pooja Kanda has five bedrooms. Four rooms have king-sized beds and one room has a queen-sized bed. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor. Two extra beds are available for children aged between 2-11 years old at no extra cost.

Bedroom 1

Pooja Kanda’s master bedroom is on the ground floor. The room includes a king-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and shower.

2 Guests
1 King Bed
Bathroom (Bath + Shower)

Bedroom 2

The second bedroom is also on the ground floor. The room has a queen-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower.

2 Guests
1 Queen Bed
Bathroom (Shower)

Bedroom 3

The third bedroom is on the first floor. The room has a king-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower.

2 Guests
1 King Bed
Bathroom (Shower)

Bedroom 4

The fourth bedroom is also located upstairs. The room has a king-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower.

2 Guests
1 King Bed
Bathroom (Shower)

Bedroom 5
Pooja Kanda Bathroom | Koggala, Sri Lanka

The fifth bedroom is the third room located upstairs. The room has a king-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower.

2 Guests
1 King Bed
Bathroom (Shower)


Pooja Kanda Layout

Pooja Kanda is a five-bedroom villa that’s built over two floors. The ground floor includes the living and dining rooms, TV room and two bedrooms, including the master bedroom. There are three further bedrooms upstairs on the first floor. Pooja Kanda includes generous gardens and an eight-metre swimming pool.


Pooja Kanda Staff

Our personable staff team are dedicated to providing you with the best care possible from the minute you arrive so that you feel immediately at home. Recruited from the local area of Galle they tend to you in the traditional Sri Lankan way and take the time to satisfy your needs and expectations 24 hours of the day.

Villa Manager

The villa supervisor (who lives offsite) is in charge of overall villa operations and staffing, and is on call to fulfill your individual expectations and preferences.


You didn’t think you would be expected to clean while enjoying time off did you? All of our villas include housekeeping to tidy up the villa, arrange the laundry services, wash up and simply make sure you don’t lift a finger whilst on holiday with the family.


Butlers are on hand everyday to assist with serving during meal times and attend to other guest requirements throughout your stay.


Our chef is in charge of satisfying your taste buds with her range of Sri Lankan and western cuisine.


Pooja Kanda includes 24-hour security.



Pooja Kanda is in Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka. The villa sits on a tranquil hilltop and you can reach Koggala Beach in a five-minute drive. The beach is lined with great restaurants, including Mumbo Jumbo Beach Restaurant and Oktoberfest. The villa is located close to Koggala Lake where guests can enjoy scenic boat rides. The villa is within a 30-minute drive of the UNESCO protected Galle Fort. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach Pooja Kanda from the airport.



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Need to Know

  • Minimum stay: Low Season: 2 nights, High Season: 5 nights, Peak Season: 7 nights
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  • A deposit of 50% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking
  • Final payment is required 60 days prior to arrival
  • Check-in time: 2pm – check-out time: 12pm
  • Late check out until 6pm can be arranged at half the rental rate (subject to availability)
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8 reviews for POOJA KANDA

  1. Avatar for Shane d

    Shane d

    Perfect & Peaceful Villa For a Family Holiday

    We had a family re union & spent two amazing weeks there in Jan 2019. The Villa was better than expected & the staff was the icing on the cake. Nothing was too hard & they did everything with a smile.

    Loku the property manages was very helpful & went the extra mile, chef Sunanda dished out amazing meals day after day, not one average meal in 2 weeks. Chaminda the house manager & Kumudu were excellent & I can’t say enough about how they looked after us & made everything feel special.

    The beach was a 20 min walk or a 8 min tuk ride. The house was really a relaxing place for a large family with lots of space to spread out. Its tucked away from the busy streets on a little hill top overlooking the tree tops. Relaxing & excellent.

    TripAdvisor Reviewed February 2019
    Stayed in January 2019

  2. Avatar for Renaelh


    A Beautiful Place to Stay

    We stayed here for just two nights, and loved it. The villa is so spacious and there are several places to sit and enjoy either some quiet time, or each other’s company. There were nine of us in our group (two families) and we used each of the five very decent sized bedrooms, as well as the air conditioned tv room with the over sized couch. Everything is clean and well cared for, which is no mean feat given the open plan nature of the villa. The staff are also very attentive and the meals they prepared and served for us were very nice and very well presented.

    The pool, and it’s surrounds are fantastic. We also loved the special Christmas lights and decorations. The grounds are immaculate and there are board games available as well as a range of books to choose from to pass the time. Wifi was also very good. The villa also offers a free laundry service which was very much appreciated.

    Loku and Rob are excellent managers / hosts, and Loku was kind enough to arrange a whale watching tour for us, and she also accompanied us to Mirissa harbour to make sure our driver found the right place and boat! The chef also packed a small breakfast for us all that day given the early start. This was such a peaceful place to stay – I would definitely stay again and recommend to others.

    TripAdvisor Reviewed December 2018
    Stayed in December 2018

  3. Avatar for Janemuir61


    Stunning Property, Setting and Staff

    We stayed here for a week with friends and were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived to the minute we left. Nothing was too much trouble for the delightful team of staff, Chaminda, Sunil & Kumudu. Not to mention Chef Sunanda and his assistant Gimhan who provided us with a wonderfully varied menu, all of it truly delicious.

    We had a few laughs with them too, usually at our attempts at Sinhala! The immaculate grounds and the tranquil tropical pool provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. I would thoroughly recommend and would love to return one day. Bohoma istuti!!

    TripAdvisor Reviewed September 2018
    Stayed in September 2018

  4. Avatar for Sophie B

    Sophie B

    “Take us back!!!!”

    We’ve just returned from a 9 day trip to Pooja Kanda, and we absolutely loved it.

    High points –

    The location; just a five/ten minute tuk tuk ride to the beach, and a few shops, restaurants and an ATM.

    The villa itself is stunning, and with our bedroom on the first floor, waking up every morning to the sun rising (we have an 18 month old so no lie-ins!) was breathtaking. It stays cool in all the rooms from aircon, and the family spaces downstairs are perfect for dining and relaxing. The pool has stunning views too, and the kids loved it.

    The staff are lovely, we ate some fabulous food cooked by the chef, and it was never too much trouble asking for a coffee – or a gin and tonic. The rooms were cleaned daily, and they were all really friendly with the kids. Loku (manager) was around usually once a day to ask about local places to visit and we could text her to ask any questions if needed too.

    Points to note –

    Be wary of the pool area with young children; we have three under three and although there are gates around the pool, they had large enough gaps for little ones to climb through. It is quite isolated however, so with enough eyes on them, we didn’t have any problems.

    Super markets – there wasn’t a great amount of choice for toddler snacks, so if you need these, take enough from home before you arrive! The wine is relatively reasonable, but more than you’d pay at home in the UK. We paid around £12 for an average bottle, but the beer is really cheap.

    We would highly recommend POOJA KANDA, and I would definitely return again.

    TripAdvisor Reviewed February 2018
    Stayed in February 2018

  5. Avatar for Timothy Weller

    Timothy Weller

    Nothing but the best at Pooja Kanda – The Great Gatsby would be proud!

    Standing on top of the hill towering over its neighbours, Pooja Kanda truly is an impressive sight as you come up to the entrance!

    We were greeted by the Villa Manager Rob, an engaging chap with a long history in the region, who was more than happy to take us through all of the facilities of this glorious mansion in a whirlwind tour showcasing the amazing style and decadence that he has somehow managed to keep looking beautiful and fresh throughout the property.

    The bold white pillars, the open-space living, lounge and dining area design, the carefully-chosen artworks and furnishings, as well as the endless side rooms with different spaces to be discovered everywhere for you to spend time in and relax are all truly remarkable and give the residence almost its own personality. We ate like kings throughout our stay (best chicken curry you can find in Sri Lanka!), and were always served with a smile by the attentive staff.

    Sri Lanka is fast becoming known for hidden gems like this, and I daresay Pooja Kanda is one of the prime examples of villas done well in the entire country. I only wish we had more time there! Will definitely come back again.

  6. Avatar for Alastair Loxton

    Alastair Loxton

    Pooja Kanda is precisely the villa experience I was hoping to have in Sri Lanka.

    The villa oozes a modern Sri Lankan colonial style. It fuses beautiful period details and traditional artwork with modern furniture and every comfort you need to relax in style.

    The building itself has nooks and crannies, private terraces as well as an office and media room. This meant we could all find our own space to send emails, read or simply unwind in solitude. I loved this.

    The other highlight is Pooja Kanda’s position atop a small hill. We had a lovely breeze flowing through the villa every day so we didn’t have to retreat to air conditioning. This was exactly the colonial villa experience we were hoping for!

    Thank you Rob and Loku for your warm hospitality and travel advice. You’ve helped us get even more out of our Sri Lankan adventure 🙂

  7. Avatar for Sara


    What a surprise!
    I arrived at the villa and was welcomed by the team of friendly staff who showed me around. The villa has a colonial style and look with an open verandah around the villa. The furnishings are a mix of antiques and one off pieces that add to the charm. Dinner was served in the main dining room which actually opens up over the living room. The chef was amazing and the menu had a mix of Sri Lankan favourites and western dishes. The bedrooms are comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and aircon. I think this villa is a great option for those who want to experience Sri Lanka in style.

  8. Avatar for A FlipKey verified reviewer

    A FlipKey verified reviewer

    “Wonderful Sri Lanka”

    We spent a wonderful holiday thanks to a great staff and an exceptional manager (Loku), which has been able to make our stay magical.Very quite and wild location, just a few minute from an amazing beach.

    TripAdvisor Reviewed January 9, 2014
    Stayed in December 2013

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